Saturday Morning Flashback

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Ah, the days of colored vinyl! (photo: W.Rice)

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1983 [Playlist]

While you were’t giving up your turntable quite yet, the digital revolution was dawning as compact discs and CD players became available in the U.S. and Europe in early 1983. Here in Chicago, Harold Washington […]


Items in a souvenir shop in the Pere-Lachaise cemetery in Paris, where Jim Morrison is buried. 
(Photo: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images)

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1971 [Playlist]

In 1971, Bob Dylan turned 30, Michael Jackson was 13, Jim Morrison (age 27) mysteriously died in Paris, and Duane Allman (age 24) didn’t survive when he crashed his motorcycle in Macon, Georgia. Maybe you […]


Countless quarters were sacrificed to the addictive new arcade game!  (Photo: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1980 [Playlist]

Ronald Reagan, Rubik’s Cube, CNN, Pac Man, the U.S. Olympic hockey team, J.R. Ewing, Mt. St. Helens, John Lennon. Music highlights included albums from Bruce Springsteen, Talking Heads, Peter Gabriel, The Cure, Elvis Costello, the […]


photo: W. Rice

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1993 [Playlist]

Among the many highlights of the year was the release of our very first fundraising collection of rare musical treats, On XRT: Live From the Archives Volume 1, which included live performances from The Replacements, […]


(photo: W. Rice)

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1977 [Playlist]

In the year that saw the death of the King, music was re-energized. Debut releases from artists like Talking Heads, Elvis Costello, the Clash, Cheap Trick and others offered an invigorating challenge to the predictable […]


26 Jan 1986: The Chicago Bears celebrate after defensive lineman William  "Refrigerator" Perry scores a touchdown during Super Bowl XX against the New England Patriots at the Superdome in New Orleans. The final score:  46-10. 
(photo: Getty Images)

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1986 [Playlist]

Chicago was united by a cast of characters known as Da Bears, and the icing on the cake was their total domination Superbowl victory over the New England Patriots. It was also the year that […]


The Clash: left to right, Paul Simonon, Mick Jones, Pete Howard, and Joe Strummer (Photo by Epic Records/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1982 [Playlist]

The top artists on our annual Listener Poll included the Clash, Peter Gabriel, the Who, Bruce Springsteen, Dire Straits, Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson, and newcomers the Stray Cats and those vegemite lovers, Men at Work! […]


President Nixon during a press conference announcing the entry of American soldiers in Cambodia.    
(Photo: STF/AFP/Getty Images)

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1970 [Playlist]

It was a turbulent year. In April, the NASA mission with the unlucky number became a real-life drama. As we heard on Flashback, the actual quote was: “Houston, we’ve had a problem.” Astronauts Lovell, Swigert […]


A small portion of the 11 million gallons of crude oil spilled by the Exxon Valdez in Prince William Sound. 
(photo: Chris Wilkins/AFP/Getty Images)

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1989 [Playlist]

It was an action-packed year: the Exxon Valdez nightmare, protest and tragedy in Tiananmen Square, and the destruction of the Berlin Wall. The Reagan era came to a close when George H. W. Bush moved […]


Frosting in their facial hair: Norm Winer, Seth Mason, and Bob Gelms with cake celebrating 9 years of XRT in 1981.
(photo: WXRT Archives)

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1981 [Playlist]

What was new in 1981? The space shuttle Columbia, the Sony Walkman, the first female U.S. Supreme Court justice (Sandra Day O’Connor), the first professional baseball players strike, Hill Street Blues, and the Chicago Sting […]